Saturday 18th November 2017
Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams

Mouthy Blogger

Runner, tired of London but not life. Waging war on landlords.

Buying in London

Buying in London? Better lower your expectations

I’ve been a bit quiet of late. Sorry about that. The truth is, I’d become a bit disillusioned with the whole flat buying business, and needed to take a bit of a break. Buying in London is not for the faint of heart – I knew that before I started looking. But I was still…

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Brexit

Brexit: how landlords could be quids in

I received a text message from my landlord a couple of weeks ago – an event that always fills me with dread… ‘Dear all residents’, it began. Nice. Personal. ‘We would like to inform you that we will be gaining access to all the flats tomorrow or Thursday as we have surveyors visiting’. Surveyors. SHIT.…

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Streatham High Street

Khan he do it? Will the new mayor of London deliver affordable housing?

Sadiq Khan, new mayor of London, swept to a landslide victory last week. One of his key commitments was a target to make 50% of all new homes affordable, but can he do it? I’ve spoken before about living in Streatham, and the affection I hold for this little pocket of South London. I’ve also whinged…

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Cinnamon swirls

Mortgage mayhem? You don’t have to be rich to get help from a broker

I don’t know about you, but I find the process of buying property pretty damn terrifying. All I want is to close my eyes, click my fingers, and find myself outside a beautiful teal front door with an estate agent (preferably with good arms) thrusting some keys into my hand. But that’s not how the…

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Cat Sitting

Need to make cold, hard cash? Try cat sitting

I met up with friends for dinner a few weeks ago. And, because we’re dull and old, once we’d exhausted the usual niceties, and run out of mutual acquaintances to bitch about, the conversation inevitably turned to property. A few of them have received substantial investment from the bank of mum and dad, and so…

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Sheep

Why property open days aren’t always a bad thing

One of the most difficult things about searching for property in London is simply keeping up with the market. According to Rightmove, the average property in the UK takes 87 days to sell. This research excluded London in order to give a more general picture of nationwide trends, but it’s telling that of all the areas covered…

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Dream Home

Looking for dream home? You might have to go a bit further afield

We all know the old adage, ‘location, location, location.’ I live in Streatham, south London, which, when I moved here seven years ago, was on pretty much no-one’s most wanted list. But, as with much of zone 3 (London’s so big it gets sorted into zones on the Tube network), Streatham has had a bit…

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Sick of renting

Why I’m sick to death of renting

Hi, I’m Andrew. I’m what might be termed a young professional and like many others of that ilk, my dream is to find a home to call my own. I earn a good salary, I have no dependents, and aside from a crippling addiction to coffee and soft furnishings, no real drains on my finances. But even so,…

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